“Find your own local champions who are excited about the possibilities of change.”
“Ask students what they are thinking, show them you heard, act on it, and repeat.”
I am the Middle Childhood and Healthy Communities Manager at the City of Surrey. I have worked with middle childhood/school-aged portfolios for almost 10 years. I co-chair our community’s Middle Childhood Matters committee and clearly see the benefit of MDI as a service provider, a government partner, and a parent of school-aged children. I have managed many areas of service delivery, from programs for the early years to those for seniors, immigrant/newcomer, and at-risk youth populations, but middle childhood is my favorite portfolio, as it’s an area where I see so much potential – both from the lens of the child and as a service provider/policy maker.
I coordinate the Tri-Cities Middle Childhood Development Planning Table and am privileged to work with the most amazing group of people serving this community.
Together we seek opportunities to support the healthy development of children living in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.
The MDI provides our diverse community planning table with a common language to examine trends related to the healthy development of children. This provides the basis for our work arounds policies, programs and services.
I’ve been a secondary school principal and District leader in School District 70 (Alberni) for the past 22 years, the last three years as Superintendent of Schools.
The MDI broadens and deepens our knowledge and understanding of well-being and, by emphasizing student voice, provides valuable information from students’ perspectives about their lives, schools and communities. Since first administering the MDI in 2012/13, our District’s use of the MDI has evolved to a place where it is now a key indicator of student well-being and is prominently reflected in our annual District and school plans.
I’m the District Coordinator for Community Connections and Healthy Living in School District 43, which serves Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and the Villages of Anmore and Belcarra in British Columbia, Canada. After 15 years as teacher, this role coordinating community development projects has proven itself challenging and professionally rewarding. Through investment in the MDI for Grades 4 and 7, and support for this position, SD43 has demonstrated that building healthy communities is integral to the education process. The MDI data gives our communities the insight required to make evidence based decisions for our neighbourhoods that are reflective of the wants and needs of children in them. I’m a strong advocate for Children’s Rights, and believes the MDI is the best tool for listening to the voices of children and putting them to work in their neighbourhoods. I stay busy with his work and family of four, but still find time for running and cycling on BCs forested trails for fitness and fun.
I’m the Director of Instruction Burnaby School District, responsible for Community Schools, Out of School-time programs, SEL and MDI implementation. I’ve spent the last 5 years working with schools and community partners to work together in a wrap-around fashion to meet the needs of students in the middle years before, during and after school. We have used the MDI as a tool to hear student voice, inform and guide our practice and forge stronger partnerships with groups and organizations in our community.
I have been a teacher in SD#43 for the past 28 years, and for the past 7 years I have been a Learning Services coordinator working in the areas of social and emotional learning, curriculum and safe schools. I coordinate the implementation of both the grade 4 and grade 7 MDI in our district and have worked with administrators, educators and community partners to organize and facilitate learning and networking conversations to build our knowledge and ability to use the MDI for further action.
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